SUWA’s work involves keeping a close eye on proposed development projects in the backcountry, participating in land use planning processes, challenging bad land management decisions, and advocating for Utah wilderness in Congress.
Learn more about the issues we’re working on:
- America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act: Developed by citizen volunteers, America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act calls for the protection of more than 8 million acres of Utah’s wild desert landscapes.
- Climate & 30×30: New research shows that passing America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act would make a significant contribution to addressing two interconnected crises of our time: climate change and loss of biodiversity.
- Chaining & Vegetation Removal: Every year, the BLM spends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of native pinyon pine and juniper forests and sagebrush stands throughout the West.
- Recreation: The rapid expansion of non-motorized recreation on Utah’s public lands has resulted in increasingly adverse impacts to wilderness values, wildlife, visitor experiences, and natural and cultural resources.
- Travel Plans & Off-Road Vehicles: ORV use has skyrocketed in Utah, leading to scarred landscapes, degraded wildlife habitat, increased looting of archaeological sites, and vanishing backcountry solitude.
- Hoax Highways (RS 2477): An archaic law from the 1860s known as Revised Statute 2477 (or RS 2477) still threatens to fragment Utah’s wilderness lands with a sprawling network of “hoax highways.”
- Dirty Fuels: Studies show that Utah’s redrock wilderness holds less than 4 weeks of natural gas and 1 week of oil supplies for the nation, yet oil and gas development remains a constant threat to Utah’s wild lands.
- National Monuments: Four out of five of Utah’s national parks were originally protected as national monuments, and of the state’s eight current monuments, two have been particularly newsworthy in recent years: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears.
- Section 202 Wilderness Study Areas: The Biden administration should assert the Bureau of Land Management’s authority to designate new “Wilderness Study Areas” pursuant to § 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).